SAN MATEO, Calif. – August 9, 2016 – Agari, a leading cybersecurity company, today announced that Dr. Markus Jakobsson has joined the company as Chief Scientist. Jakobsson brings more than 20 years of experience as an esteemed security researcher and scientist studying phishing, crimeware and mobile security at organizations including PayPal, Xerox PARC and RSA Security. In this role, he will lead Agari’s security research with a focus on using data science to prevent advanced email attacks.
“With visibility of 10 Billion emails per day and 70% of the world’s inboxes, the Agari Email Trust Network provides a wealth of data on email behavior and threats. Markus is the ideal research leader for our world-class data science team, who are driving the move away from detection approaches that are always one step behind to cybersecurity technology that prevents advanced email attacks by modeling trusted email behavior,” said Ravi Khatod, CEO, Agari.
Jakobsson is an established researcher and entrepreneur with deep roots in the cybersecurity community. In his career, he held key positions as Principal Scientist at PayPal, Xerox PARC and RSA Security. Jakobsson also co-founded three digital security startups spanning email fraud prevention, user authentication, mobile malware detection and secure user messaging.
“As one of the early researchers of phishing and crimeware, I am passionate about preventing the costliest cybersecurity threat to organizations today: advanced email threats such as spear phishing and business email compromise. Agari is unique in its ability to use data analytics and machine learning to build trust models that reflect the behavioral pattern of legitimate email, categorize untrusted email and stop attacks,” said Jakobsson.
As an academic researcher, Jakobsson served as an Associate Professor at Indiana University and Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University. He holds more than 100 patents and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed conference and journal articles. Jakobsson holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California in San Diego, as well as master’s degrees from both the University of California at San Diego and Lund University in Sweden.
Agari, a leading cybersecurity company, is trusted by leading Fortune 1000 companies to protect their enterprise, partners and customers from advanced email phishing attacks. The Agari Email Trust Platform™ is the industry’s only solution that ‘understands’ the true sender of emails, leveraging the company’s proprietary, global email telemetry network and patent-pending, predictive Agari Trust Analytics to identify and stop phishing attacks. The platform powers Agari Enterprise Protect, which help organizations protect themselves from advanced spear phishing attacks, and Agari Customer Protect, which protects consumers from email attacks that spoof enterprise brands. Agari, a recipient of the JPMorgan Chase Hall of Innovation Award and recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Security, is backed by Alloy Ventures, Battery Ventures, First Round Capital, Greylock Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Scale Venture Partners. Learn more at https://www.agari.com and follow us on Twitter @AgariInc.
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